Two months ago Ezra Klein left the Washington Post to launch a new and improved media venture at Vox Media, the home of several sites including The Verge and Curbed. On Sunday night Klein revealed that the site previously referred to as "Project X" will be known as Vox.com. A short video posted on the site explained that the idea is to make the "vegetables" or "spinach" of the news world – those articles we should read but don't – more palatable. "It's a terrible attitude," says Klein. "If we can't take things that are important and meaningful in people's lives and make them interesting, that failure is 100 percent on us as writers. That is entirely our fault."
On Saturday evening, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who probably appreciates an extra hour of sleep, tweeted to remind his constituents and the thousands of people who follow him because he got caught smoking crack to "turn your clocks back and change batteries in smoke alarms" for Daylight Saving Time. Of course, in March we turn our clocks forward ("spring forward!"), not back. (The part about the batteries was good advice for those hoping to avoid dying in a fire.) The mistake was soon corrected and blamed on a staffer, who seems to be learning a lot from his boss.
This photo of Mitt Romney, former running mate Paul Ryan, wife Janna Ryan, and Ryan children Liza, Sam, and Charles comes via Romney's Twitter account: "Bumped into this nice young family at the airport," he explained. Gaze upon these somewhat forced-looking smiles to remind yourself of what might have been, had more Americans actually wanted these two in charge of their country, and then please go back to enjoying your Sunday.
It's been nearly two days since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lost contact with air-traffic controllers and disappeared while flying from Kuala Lampur to Beijing. With the help of dozens of ships and aircraft sent by Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and the United States, Vietnamese authorities are searching the waters below the flight's path for the plane, which was carrying 239 people. On Sunday, a Vietnamese aircraft saw what appeared to be one of MH370's doors in the same area where a large oil slick was located on Saturday. Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, the deputy chief of staff of Vietnam's army, said maritime police were headed to the site, the Associated Press reports.
And for the second year in a row, too. Paul the Younger received 31 percent of the vote at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, handily beating second-placer Ted Cruz, who got only eleven percent. Meanwhile, Chris Christie received eight percent of the vote, which is probably less than he would have had Republican meetup been held a few months ago.
Matt Taibbi, the former enfant terrible of political journalism, limps into a cozy diner on Chambers Street, in Tribeca a Russian-style fur cap pulled over his ears, a half-formed apology for his lateness already on his lips. “I am—I must have—did I keep you waiting?”
Informed he is actually seven minutes early, his shoulders slump in relief. “Okay,” the lanky 44-year-old says, with a toothy grin. “Good. You’ll have to excuse me. It’s been a crazy time for me.”
For about an hour on Saturday morning, the 1, 2, and 3 trains were suspended between Chambers and 96th Streets because an 18-year-old guy somehow managed to fall asleep on the uptown tracks at 34th Street. The New York Daily News reports that police officers "roused and arrested" him before he was taken to Bellevue for a psychiatric evaluation. We sincerely hope the incident was due to typical teen sleepiness or Friday night debauchery, and not something more troubling.
To celebrate International Women's Day, former President of Crazyland Michele Bachmann assured the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference that "We will have a woman for president, just the right one." Bachmann went on to attack Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of State, including her handling of Russia and — what else? — Benghazi. The Minnesota congresswoman noted that "we are the party, the only party, that had a woman on the presidential ticket this century." That's true, though the GOP's decision to unleash Sarah Palin on the world doesn't really inspire much confidence in their ability to produce the "right" female president, at least according to one definition of that word.
Nearly eight months after leaving the New York Times, Nate Silver told a crowd at South by Southwest that ESPN's expanded version of his data-driven FiveThirtyEight blog will go live on March 17. In case you haven't heard, the website (which has a brand new staff of over two dozen) will feature coverage of politics, as well as reporting on subjects including sports, economics, and education. Let no number go un-crunched.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 — a Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people — disappeared after losing contact with air-traffic controllers at 2:40 a.m. local time on Saturday. The plane, which was coming from Kuala Lumpur, still has not been located. However, a twelve-mile-long oil slick has been located on the surface of the water in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Vietnam.